Youth Hunting & Conservation Course – 2015-16
Goals and Objectives
Long Point Waterfowl developed their Youth Hunting & Conservation Course (YHCC) to provide youth with the opportunity to increase their awareness of, and participate in, their hunting heritage. The workshop also teaches youth that hunting is an important and cost effective wildlife management tool. The YHCC includes 6 days of hands on activities, training and mentorship in hunting, wildlife conservation and management. Activities include retriever training, waterfowl decoy placement, calling, taxidermy, target shooting, wild game preparation and cooking and tips and mentorship on hunting.
Participants complete their Ontario Hunter Safety, Canadian Firearms Safety, and Ontario Wild Turkey Hunter Safety Courses. Participants receive many gifts and one year memberships with Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Quality Deer Management Association.
Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management
This exciting and hands-on teaching format provides provide an impetus for youth to take part in their outdoor heritage and potentially pursue careers in wildlife or habitat conservation. Consequently, this course contributes to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitats by increasing the awareness of the program’s participants and potentially attracting them to careers in the field of wildlife biologists/researchers.
Long Point Waterfowl’s Research & Education Centre, Turkey Point, ON
For more information on this project, please contact Ted Barney, Long Point Waterfowl, Port Rowan, ON.